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IT management

Good IT management is essential to achieving value from IT systems and managing the risks associated with them. IT management covers the full lifecycle of systems, from the initial decision to invest in a system through its operational life until it is no longer needed and ultimately decommissioned.

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The IT faculty has a wide range of materials on IT governance, audit and controls, compliance issues related to IT and management issues such as IT outsourcing and service management.

On the Road Again

Lesley Meall looks at the automation of expenses management and the challenges that accountants may face.

Privileges and permissions

Ros Campbell establishes what needs to be considered when deciding who is permitted to do what in your practice

Cleaning up

Keeping practice data up to date may seem boring – yet it’s vital. Ros Campbell shows how to sort out the kind of database mess that might cost you time and money

Right man for the job

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The firm’s computing system needs upgrading, but you don’t have the skills in-house. How do you find someone? Tim Phillips speaks to those in the know.

Project ready

Do you know the difference between Agile and a structured approach to project management? Which is best? Mike Acaster explains why a combination of both could help in business.

Data backup solutions

This guide considers the business benefits of backup, including the specific advantages it can deliver in terms of business continuity, disaster recovery, and other areas.

Four corners

Embedding IT governance into your organisation can’t be done overnight, but with an understanding of the building blocks, the benefits will be much easier for your board to see, says Alan Calder.

Developing a social media policy

Policies should be put in place to actively manage opportunity and risk. This Helpsheet sets out how this might be achieved and complements the IT Faculty guide Social media and the law. The Helpsheet takes into account modern working practices, which might also include bringing outside contractors and consultants into the working environment.

Developing a digital marketing strategy

This guide provides an overview of some of the many management issues involved, for example the role of backup as a part of broader business continuity and resilience strategies. These highlight the fact that backup is not merely a technology issue but one that can go to the heart of the business's survival.

Digital transformations

This year’s PD Leake lecture, hosted by the IT and Finance and Management Faculties, asked how digital information was transforming business. Kirstin Gillon went along to find out.

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